Kate Middleton had a major win on Tuesday when a French judge granted her an injunction preventing the further publication of topless pics of the Duchess of Cambridge, the UK's MailOnline reports. The ruling in favor of the royal family prevents the French magazine Closer — which first published the pics of Middleton sunbathing in her bikini sans a top — from distributing, selling, or printing the compromising shots.
While the magazine can no longer print the photos (or additional copies of the controversial issue), the ruling also requires that the pictures be taken down from the magazine's website. The pictures also cannot be published in any other French publication — and a judge has forbidden the publication from selling the images across the world. Closer has 24 hours from Tuesday's ruling to hand over the pictures to the royal family. If this isn't done in the said time frame, the magazine will be fined 10,000 euros. And if the magazine decides to disobey the ruling and sell or print the pics, it will also be fined the same amount for each day that it doesn't adhere to the court's injunction. Middleton is also to be awarded 2,000 euros in legal fees.
Prince William and Middleton have also filed a criminal complaint for the invasion of their privacy. This could cause Closer to be fined 36,000 pounds and the editor in charge of the issue to serve a year in prison. Additionally, the royals have filed against "persons unknown" — the photographer that took the inappropriate shots in the first place. This person has yet to be identified.
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For all of Jason Statham's many action-oriented roles, you won't see him engaging with material that's too over-the-top. Crank may be his most fantastical role to date — but even while he's being electrocuted, set on fire, making whoopee with his girlfriend in the middle of horse race or surviving an airplane free fall sans parachute, he's still a regular guy living in a world not too unlike our own.
That's mostly a perk. As evidenced in his latest movie, Safe (which hits theaters this Friday, April 27), Statham's reality-based choices keep the action tangible, the thrills grounded and the pain oh so painful. When he breaks a guy's trachea in a movie like Safe, your stomach takes an extra twist. The first, because Statham just broke a guy's trachea. The second, because there's nothing telling us that the same thing couldn't happen to us if we crossed the guy. Ouch.
Even with the knowledge that Statham could break me in half, I sat down with the action star to talk about his latest role and if whether he'd ever depart from his realistic roots. After putting the myth that he was a male model to rest (as you'll see in the beginning of the interview), Statham explains to me why he'd make a terrible Spider-Man. Which only sold me 100% on why Jason Statham needs to be the next Spider-Man.
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As human beings, we're never satisfied and always seem to want what we can't have -- and it turns out celebrities are no different. Michelle Williams confessed in an interview with Hobo magazine that she's a little over the whole Hollywood scene and has thought about quitting the entertainment industry altogether and finding a more normal occupation. She admitted to the magazine, “I often dream of quitting acting. Walking away and becoming a laundress or a sous chef or maybe writing other people’s love letters for a living. Clearly, I don’t like to be in charge. And thinking of quitting is just keeping going in disguise. When you have options, anything is bearable. It’s when a situation is inescapable that it becomes hell."
The Hollywood actress has enjoyed a successful career since was she catapulted into the spotlight as a teenager in TV series Dawson's Creek and has enjoyed a blossoming movie career since then in films such as Blue Valentine, Shutter Island, and My Week With Marilyn. So why is she thinking of leaving an industry that she appears to be thriving in? She explains, “It seems to me that as soon as you get good at something, it is a sure sign that it is about to walk out of your life because it ceases to hold your mind and creative energy hostage." I suppose I can understand that to an extent, but that's why so many actors/actresses try their hand at directing or producing. To go from a movie actress to a laundress seems a little extreme and not a very wise financial move. She does have children to support, after all. Let's hope this is just some PR ploy to help promote her upcoming movie.
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The Man Of Metropolis Steals Our Bus Pass
Superman, much like a college sophomore, is embarking on a road trip from Philadelphia to Portland in order to, like, get in touch with the real America, you know? So if you’ve ever always wondered why Superman never fights crime in Salt Lake City, DC has started an essay contest so that you can request that the man of steel stops by your hometown.
If you live within 50 miles of Chicago, Des Moines, Omaha, Denver, Salt Lake, Las Vegas, Las Angeles, Portland, or Seattle and can pose as a wide-eyed, innocent 8-year-old, you can submit an essay to DC, who’ll plan the man of tomorrow’s route accordingly. If you live in New England, or the South, you’re out of luck, but everyone knows the real America is in the boring square states, right?
PS. Didn’t Captain America do this in the 70’s?
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So I officially resolved to kill my boss, Dan, out of jealousy today, because he got to spend all of yesterday hanging out at the Smurfs set with Neil Patrick Harris and Hank Azaria. Just as I had selected the perfect stabbin’ knife and started walking back from lunch, I happened to pass NPH in the street! So all is forgiven, for now, at least, especially since he brought back news that Mr. Harris is returning for Harold and Kumar 3. At least until he makes me write about Jersey Shore again.
In Soviet Russia, Lion Eats You
As if Arizona didn’t have enough PR problems, a restaurant in Mesa has been caught serving up lion meat hamburgers. The owner of El Vinaio, Cameron Selogie, said that the lion-burgers were a special in honor of the World Cup, which is taking place in South Africa. Which would be kind of like serving Panda-meat pizza for the Olympics.
The meat comes from a free-range lion farm in Illinois, which downgrades the situation from horrifying and illegal to merely horrifying. I suppose some vegetarian types are going to protest that if we feel bad about eating lions, we should feel bad about eating pigs and chickens and things too, but there’s never been a Chicken King movie where the death of the dad chicken made me cry for a week in Kindergarden.
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